October 28, 2008

Jewish Studies Profs Endorse Obama

With now only one week until the election, more and more faculty members are endorsing political candidates.

A blog post today has a list of Jewish studies scholars who have pledged support for Senator Obama. The list includes Vassar's Jewish studies professors Andrew Bush, Marc Epstein, Judith Goldstein, Joshua Schreier, and Agnes Veto.

The endorsement states: "As scholars of Jewish Studies, we are concerned that distortions of Senator Obama’s record and biography have caused undue anxiety among American Jews about what an Obama presidency would mean for Israel and the Jewish community here... We urge Jewish voters to vote with their minds as well as their hearts, and not to allow themselves to be misled by pernicious lies concerning the candidate’s religious and ethnic background."

The Jewish Studies professors are not the only ones who feel the need to speak out against the inaccurate portrayal of individuals in the media. Dean Roellke publicly endorsed Bill Ayers as an educator last week.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

yo, what the fuck is up with the mccain booth in the college center? i have no problem with people advocating for their canditate, but isn't it a bit late in the game to put out a booth for an extremely unpopular candidate on this campus? i voted last week, as i'm sure many did, and i'd be surprised if they're able to change a single vote at vassar freaking college a week before election day.

Anonymous said...

i think at this point its to raise awareness of the group and the fact that there are people on campus who aren't liberal.

Anonymous said...

I think it takes a lot of guts to be so open about having a conservative political outlook and I really respect them for taking a stand for everyone who's too scared to admit they're not liberal.

Anonymous said...

they're showing their support for McCain, as it is in their rights to do so. I may not agree with them, but I respect their rights.

Anonymous said...

yeah, i said i didn't have a problem with them. no need to tell me what their rights are, 7:17.
-4:53

Anonymous said...

if they ban coke from our campus i'll sell coke out of my room i'll do it i swear

Anonymous said...

sorry, didn't read much past "yo, what the fuck is up"
my bad, I see your point now
-7:17

Anonymous said...

Well, thank GOD the Jewish Studies Professors endorse Obama. Now I can sleep well tonight and know that voting for Obama is the best decision. What would I do without the knowledge that people I don't know/care about endorse Obama?

Anonymous said...

10:59, a little bitter, aren't you? If you ever look at any news sites on the web you're constantly seeing political endorsements by people you don't know/care about. Lighten up.

Anonymous said...

10:59, you're an idiot. There's been a lot of slack towards Obama about his stance on Israel from right wing Jewish organizations. I know many Orthodox and Chasidic synagogues endorse McCain over Obama for his stance on Israel alone. By hearing the opinions of people who devote their whole lives to the study of Judaism (and Zionism), the voter who finds those issues most important/relevant can be further informed. Just because you don't know who the professors are or don't care about the future of Israel doesn't mean that others share your same viewpoint. I'm happy these professors spoke up so it will calm down the zionists who agree with Obama on pretty much every issue but feel the need to vote for McCain due to his stance on Israel. God knows there are way too many of them.

-A Culturally Jewish, Religiously Athiest, Anti-Zionist Obama Supporter (see even if it doesn't effect me I can still see the importance)

Anonymous said...

11:43 that was some seriously rambling gibberish. Can't quite get what it is you're taking a stand for or against. Maybe you should get some sleep. Just an idiot's two cents worth of advice.

Anonymous said...

10:11, maybe you should get sleep? It was totally understandable...

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see that students at a school who preach tolerance and acceptance of all reduce themselves to name-calling through the anonymity of the internet. A little hypocritical, eh?

Anonymous said...

oh 2.20!
you wise one. let us all bow before your complete lack of hypocrisy. all hail...

Anonymous said...

you guys need to get your dicks sucked

Anonymous said...

2:20, I name call when I'm debating people in person as well. It doesn't matter as long as you back it up with facts. Get off your high horse, kid. I am very accepting of people regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, etc. Not so much in beliefs I very strongly disagree with. Why would I be completely accepting of apathy?

As 3:22 implied, you are making comments attacking others under the veil of anonymity as well. Stop being so self righteous .

Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention that I am 11:43 but I guess that's kind of obvious, haha.

-3:48